Lakes are popular recreation areas and form the basis of life for millions of people. Reason enough to take a look at the 10 largest lakes in the world.
- Large slave lake
The Great Slave Lake in northwestern Canada owes its German name to a translation error. Because the 28,568 km² lake is not named after slaves, but after the Indian people of the Slavey, who used to live in the area around the lake.
Lake Malawi, which stretches across the territories of Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania and is 29,600 km² in size and 579 km long, is called in the national languages of the neighboring countries Nyassa or Nyasa or Niassa and is the third largest lake in Africa.
- Big Bear Lake
In the past, primarily silver and uranium were mined and traded in furs around the shores of lake in northwestern Canada. Today the 31,328 km² large and 373 km long lake mainly attracts adventurous tourists.
- Lake Baikal
The lake, located in the heart of Siberia, is the oldest freshwater lake in the world with an age of over 25 million years and is also the deepest with a maximum depth of 1,642 m. Its area of 31,722 km² and its length of 636 km are also impressive.
- Lake Tanganyika
The lake between Tanzania, DR Congo, Burundi and Zambia is the second largest lake in Africa with an area of 32,893 km² and a length of 676 km. With a maximum depth of 1,470 m, it is also the second deepest in the world.
- Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America that extend across Canada and the United States. Unlike the other four, it is entirely in the United States. It has an area of 58,016 km² and a length of 517 km.
- Lake Huron
Part of the border between Canada and the USA runs across Lake 59,596 km² and 397 km long. It is part of the five Great Lakes of North America and was named after the Indian tribe of the Hurons.
- Lake Victoria
With its huge area of 68,894 km², Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and the largest in Africa. It extends across the states of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya and is the lifeline for almost 30 million people.
- Upper Lake
With an area of 82,103 km² (roughly the size of Austria) and a length of 616 km, the Upper Lake is the largest of the five Great Lakes in North America and the largest freshwater lake in the world.
- Caspian Sea
Because of its huge area of 386,400 km² and its length of 1,199 km, the Caspian Sea is not called the sea but the sea. It is almost five times the size of the second largest lake on earth. Riparian countries are Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.